A Somewhat Gentle Man


Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 14, 2011
    A pitch-perfect blend of darkness and sweetness, built around a masterful performance by a great actor.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 17, 2011
    Cold-blooded killers rarely look this pathetic, which testifies to the impressive balance of Skarsgård's amusingly low-key performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Mar 18, 2011
    Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 24, 2011
    For a passive-depressive Norwegian crime drama with not a lot in the way of plot, A Somewhat Gentle Man has a charmingly fluky sense of humor.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 20, 2011
    Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth.
  6. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Jan 17, 2011
    It's a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and its filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as its narrative ambition is minimal.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 13, 2011
    Patiently directed by Hans Petter Moland, Ulrik's journey back to life slowly draws you in.
  8. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Jan 11, 2011
    Played for laughs drawn from characters rather than funny lines, the Norwegian film is a charmer with Stellan Skarsgard for once in a role worthy of his attention.
  9. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 13, 2011
    Skarsgård brings some redemptive soul to the role of a man who gradually begins to understand the aptness of his favorite Pretenders album: "Learning To Crawl."
  10. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 3, 2011
    In A Somewhat Gentle Man, a deadpan comedy best described as the Coen Brothers Norwegian style, Stellan Skarsgard is colorless and oddly configured, like a potato fallen from the sack.
  11. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 27, 2011
    Like the Coen brothers at their least convincing, the mix of low-grade depression and amped quirkiness never shakes off the feel of self-conscious posturing.
  12. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 14, 2011
    Hans Petter Moland's dry Scandinavian wit is just amusing enough to keep us interested in this dramedy.
  13. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 14, 2011
    A slim story that becomes schmaltzy at the end.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 11, 2011
    The grungy setting and unflattering photography are only camouflage for callow, creeping sentimentality.

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